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[nom-uh-nuh-tiv, nom-nuh- or for 2, 3, nom-uh-ney-tiv] /ˈnɒm ə nə tɪv, ˈnɒm nə- or for 2, 3, ˈnɒm əˌneɪ tɪv/
  1. (in certain inflected languages, as Sanskrit, Latin, and Russian) noting a case having as its function the indication of the subject of a finite verb, as in Latin Nauta bonus est “The sailor is good,” with nauta “sailor” in the nominative case.
  2. similar to such a case in function or meaning.
nominated; appointed by nomination.
made out in a person's name, as a certificate or security.
noun, Grammar
the nominative case.
a word in the nominative case.
a form or construction of similar function or meaning.
Origin of nominative
1350-1400; < Latin nominātīvus (see nominate, -ive), replacing Middle English nominatif < Middle French < Latin as above
Related forms
nominatively, adverb
unnominative, adjective Unabridged
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  • Is there also a case for nominative determination here.
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British Dictionary definitions for nominative


/ˈnɒmɪnətɪv; ˈnɒmnə-/
(grammar) denoting a case of nouns and pronouns in inflected languages that is used esp to identify the subject of a finite verb See also subjective (sense 6)
appointed rather than elected to a position, office, etc
bearing the name of a person
  1. the nominative case
  2. a word or speech element in the nominative case
Derived Forms
nominatival (ˌnɒmɪnəˈtaɪvəl; ˌnɒmnə-) adjective
nominatively, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin nōminātīvus belonging to naming, from nōmen name
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Word Origin and History for nominative

late 14c., "pertaining to the grammatical case dealing with the subject of a verb," from Old French nominatif, from Latin nominativus "pertaining to naming," from nominatus, past participle of nominare (see nominate). As a noun from 1620s.

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